Archive for the ‘Lists’ Category

Taylor Swift’s ‘Red’ Think Piece Mania: Read The Best Quotes

Oct 31st, 2012 // Comment
Red In The Black
Taylor Swift Seen Outside Scholastic In New York City
Taylor Swift's Red sells 1.2 mil copies in its first week. Read More »
Taylor's Red Reviewed
taylor swift red album
We fell in love with Taylor Swift's latest, Red. Read More »
Taylor's Red Tour
See when Taylor Swift is coming to your city. Read More »

The best thing about a new, super-high-profile album is the wave of highbrow analysis that inevitably accompanies it, as the brightest writers in the business stroke their chins for awhile and wonder what that new Britney or Ke$ha LP really Means, with a capital M. In the case of Taylor Swift‘s latest album, Red, there were so many think pieces that GQ‘s Drew Magary ranted in his weekly Insufferability Report, “Oh my fucking Christ, it’s just a generic pop album. There is nothing worse than a bunch of pop-culture websites gathering together to analyze a Taylor Swift record like it’s a lost archive of David Foster Wallace stories.”

But hey — confession — we kinda liked all the Taylor Swift think pieces! So much so that we rounded up the long, thoughtful quotes from our favorites to include here. Get intimidated after the jump. More »

Christina Aguilera Debate: See The Results Of Idolator’s #XtinaDebate

Oct 31st, 2012 // 4 Comments
Trick Or Treat As Xtina
We've got the tips for your Christina Halloween costume. Read More »
Xtina's Lotus LP
Christina Aguilera Lotus Album Cover
See the tracklist for Christina Aguilera's upcoming Lotus. Read More »
Xtina's "Your Body" Vid
Christina Aguilera Your Body Video
Head on down to the trailer park for a wild ride! Read More »

Yesterday, the Twittersphere formally exploded as Idolator hosted our second ever Twitter debate, where we debated an important issue facing voters this election season: Is the media too hard on Christina Aguilera? While our own Sam Lansky took the side of the media, debaters far and wide joined the fray to discuss how Aguilera is perceived in the press.

Like any good debate, there was no clear consensus, although a lot of ground was covered — ranging from whether Aguilera brings negative attention upon herself to if her album Bionic is actually a misunderstood masterpiece — but presented below are our 10 favorite tweets from the debate: The good, the bad, and the ugly. Head after the jump to see them all, then check out the #xtinadebate tag on Twitter to see the full dialogue. More »

Halloween Music Madness: 12 Albums With Creepy Cover Art

Oct 29th, 2012 // Comment

Sure, we always expect album art with a certain scare factor when it comes to musicians like Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Slayer…you know, the other side of iTunes. But every now and then, a pop singer comes out with a cover that just gives us the creeps. The music and lyrics may be innocuous, but someone in the art department had a dark side and a field day with the covers.

With Halloween upon us, we salute our favorite pop singers’ brave journeys into the world of the weird. Flip through the gallery above — if you dare! (And don’t forget to enter our Halloween 2012 costume contest!)

Britney Spears’ ‘Blackout’ Turns Five: Stan & Deliver

Oct 26th, 2012 // 6 Comments
Brit x Danja
britney spears x factor
Danja may be producing new tracks for Britney Spears. Read More »
Britney x 2
Britney Spears Fantasy Twist Perfume Ad
See double trouble in Britney Spears' new fragrance ad. Read More »
Brit & Darkchild
Britney Spears In The Studio With Darkchild In X Factor Promo
Is Britney Spears back in the studio with Darkchild? Read More »

On the momentous occasion of its five-year anniversary, how does one even begin to honor a piece of pop history as great as Blackout? Much has been written about the iconic LP, released in 2007 as Britney Spears‘ fifth studio album, but its legacy is clear: Blackout predicted the dance invasion of the last several years and the importation of dubstep (with a wobbler effect used prominently on the album track “Freakshow” well before Brit co-opted the explosive dubstep break in “Hold It Against Me”) while refining the formula for coolly sexy, tortured pop. It’s probably Spears’ greatest artistic achievement, and one of the top pop albums of the decade. More »

Halloween Playlist: 12 Spooky Songs To Frighten Your Night

Oct 25th, 2012 // Comment
Supernatural Videos
The Wanted Chasing The Sun Michael Jackson Thriller Lady Gaga Born This Way music videos
These creepy clips keep us up at night screaming! Read More »
Campy Xmas LPs
Off-the-wall albums that give laughter at the holidays. Read More »
Best Bond Themes
Madonna Duran Duran Garbage Jack White Alicia Keys Paul McCartney Sheryl Crow James Bond 007 Theme Songs
See our 10 favorite James Bond theme songs. Read More »

In case you couldn’t tell from our previous countdown of supernatural pop moments, we here at Idolator are really into all things spooky! So when the season of trick-or-treaters, pumpkin-scented everything and Halloween party playlists rolls around, we’re in our element. As a matter of fact, we wish some pioneering pop artist would write a song designed specifically to scare the bejeezus out of us on the dancefloor. (As opposed to the music that scares us OFF the dancefloor, which is a totally different story.)

Until such a thing exists, rounding up a playlist for our big October 31st bash will be a little more difficult — but no less fun! In the spirit of getting your costume-candy-and-creepiness on, cast an eyeball at this run-down of tracks (and our aforementioned Supernatural Top Ten) that have been keeping us in the Halloween spirit — and let us know which songs you would add to the ultimate All Hallow’s Eve mix! More »

Election 2012: The 5 Best Tweets From The Third Presidential Debate

Oct 23rd, 2012 // Comment
Jay Supports Obama
jay z obama campaign video
No surprise here - Jay-Z wants Obama re-elected. Read More »
Romney <3 The Killers
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The Killers are cool with it, because "everybody" likes them. Read More »
HOV, Bey's Obama Funds
jay z beyonce obama
The power couple raise $4 million for, well, a power couple. Read More »

Last night’s (October 22) final presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney generated a reported 6.5 million tweets, but as far as we’re concerned, all eyes were on our favorite celebrity commentators. Again, Lady Gaga chimed in with some self-referential thoughts on the debate and Adam Levine lent some much-needed gravity, but as per usual, it was Aubrey O’Day who took the cake, coming for conservatives with the strength of a thousand wrecking balls and rising triumphantly over the debate proceedings clutching Romney’s tattered wig.

Check after the jump to see some of our favorite celebrity tweets from last night’s debate.
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13 Campy Christmas Albums To Dig Out For The Holidays

Oct 19th, 2012 // 2 Comments

Christmas albums are not known for their subtlety or restraint, but Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta’s long-awaited reunion, This Christmas (out November 13), lifts festive kitsch to previously unimagined heights. Let’s start with the high-art cover. It finds the Rydell High graduates sipping cocoa from fancy cups, surrounded by a sea of presents and decorations. They appear to be joined at the head – probably due to John’s toupee getting stuck in Olivia’s weave. (Juuuuuust kidding.) And then there’s the guestlist – This Christmas features cameos from Yuletide staples like Barbra Streisand and Kenny G. The iconic duo has even recorded a new song called “I Think You Might Like It”, which is billed as a sequel to “You’re The One That I Want”. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving!

If quirky Christmas albums put you in the holiday mood, why not flip through our roundup of 13 slightly odd Yuletide LPs in the gallery above?

Election 2012: Barack Obama & Mitt Romney, As Shown Through Our 10 Fave Pop Parody Videos

Oct 18th, 2012 // 1 Comment
Debates: Best tweets
barack obama mitt romney
Artists tweet about the Presidential debates. Read More »
HOV, Bey's Obama Funds
jay z beyonce obama
The power couple raise $4 million for, well, a power couple. Read More »
Candidate Name Drops
President Barack Obama Mitt Romney
The 10 best political name drops in hip hop. Read More »

Power to the pop-loving people! Living in a democracy means that every four years we not only get to voice our say in who runs our country, we have endless opportunities to turn their every word, campaign and factual gaffe into an excuse to churn out political parody videos. (If only Abraham Lincoln were alive today for us to meme.) Our favorites of the viral video bunch are the pop song-inspired ones (naturally). Our fellow Americans, may we present to your your candidates for the Top 10 Political Pop Parody Videos from the 2012 election.  More »

The 11 Best UK Girl Groups Of The Past 25 Years: From Spice Girls To Sugababes

Oct 17th, 2012 // 11 Comments
Spice Turns 15
The Spice Girls forged a path for other girls groups' success. Read More »
MKS Team Up
Mutya Keisha Siobhan Sugababes
Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan reunite for new music. Read More »
Girls Aloud Reunion
Check out the details of their October 19 reunion. Read More »

British boy bands are on the rise, with groups like One Direction and The Wanted making a monster impact on the US charts, but what about the ladies? Just as our neighbors across the pond have produced an inordinate share of the best boy band pop of the last few decades, so have they contributed some absolutely showstopping girl groups, from the iconically well-known (Spice Girls) to the relatively obscure — on these shores, at least (Atomic Kitten, anyone?).

With Brits carving out a bigger space than ever in the US charts, we’re taking a look back at the finest girl groups that the UK has had to offer from the last 25 years, and the hits that make them still compulsively listenable. More »

The 11 Best UK Boy Bands Of The Past 25 Years: From Take That To One Direction

Oct 10th, 2012 // 31 Comments
1D Live Young
One Direction Live While We're Young
Watch One Direction's new video for "Live While We're Young." Read More »
Take That's "Flood"
The guys reunite with Robbie Williams. Read More »
Wanted Favorites
The boys share discuss Twitter and bad hair days in our chat. Read More »

With a blockbuster year nearly behind them (their platinum hit “What Makes You Beautiful” hit the top four, spawning a number one album and a sold-out tour) and new single “Live While We’re Young” burning up the airwaves, British boy-band One Direction remind us of one of pop music’s most enduring truths: the most compelling all-male pop groups often hail from Ol’ Blighty.

Certainly one could make an argument for Stateside superiority on the backs of such legends as NKOTB, Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC, but how do those guys stack up against the lads of The Wanted, Take That and 1D? And more importantly, which ones would win in a fight over us? Peruse our Top 10 list of the UK’s cuddliest crooners below and tell us who you think comes out on top in the game of pop! More »